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Arizona Airmen memorialize fallen Iraqi fighter pilot

Members of the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing honored the life and memory of Iraqi Air Force Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sideeq Hasan during a memorial service here July 7. Hasan died June 24 after his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed near Douglas, Arizona, during a night training mission.  He trained with Air Guard members…

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Viper Demo Team pilot ‘Rockets’ to new heights

  SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — An F-16CM Fighting Falcon shoots into the air, flying at a speed of 400 knots as it is pulled through various maneuvers to demonstrate its capabilities. Maneuvering the aircraft through inversions, undergoing eight to nine times the force of gravity, and pushing the F-16 to its limits is Capt. Craig…

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Working group to study implications of transgender service

WASHINGTON – A Defense Department working group will study the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly in the military, and its work will presume they can do so unless objective and practical impediments are identified, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today. In a statement announcing the working group, Carter said…

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Run to the Sound of the Guns…Be a Servant Leader

Many of us have seen the best and worst in leadership throughout the course of our careers as Airmen. Usually we can think of two names, one good and one bad, that personify each bound of the leadership spectrum. This reality leads to the fact that even though we are called to be leaders in…

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Fuel systems repair hangar officially opens

The 355th Component Maintenance Squadron’s joint fuel cell repair hangar ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 13. The facility was constructed to improve efficiency within the joint fuel cell leading to the reduction in man hours and operating costs. The new hangar is Air Combat Command’s largest aircraft fuel systems repair section. It supports eight…


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88th Test and Evaluations Squadron

Posted  September 15, 2013

  Master Sgt. James A. Floyd, 88th Test and Evaluations Squadron test instructor loadmaster, completes an aircraft all-radios check during a pre-flight inspection on an HC-130J Sept. 5. Pre-flight inspections are conducted throughout the aircraft to ensure integrity and serviceability of the aircraft’s frame and equipment.     Master Sgt. James A. Floyd, 88th Test…

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Know home-buying basics before becoming owner

Posted  September 15, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — There comes a time when one may want to look at purchasing instead of renting a home and if done smartly, the advantages of owning a home can be greater than renting. “Given a long enough time line, a good home can be an appreciating asset,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force…

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Blocks to build on: The social pillar

Posted  September 15, 2013

You’ve had a day for the record books. Not even 15 minutes into the work day you receive a verbal counseling from your supervisor, after which you are so preoccupied you realize you’re running late to a dental appointment.

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Honorary Commander program creates a “perfect fit”

Posted  September 15, 2013

A community relations initiative, known as the Honorary Commander program, allows D-M to open its gates to prominent members of the local community. They come into base squadrons and groups and work side by side with military commanders.

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Power surge: Why energy drinks are too much

Posted  September 15, 2013

FORT EUSTIS, Va., — Service members who rely on stimulant-cocktail energy drinks to keep alert on duty increase their risk for significant, lifelong health issues, say research scientists. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 45 percent of Service members downrange use energy drinks to stay awake. There are other ways to stay alert without reliance…

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IDC puts Airmen in control

Posted  September 15, 2013

The Installation Dormitory Council, here, is giving Airmen the opportunity to take control of the quality of life on the dormitory campus. The IDC is an organization designed to allow several Airmen representatives the opportunity to present ideas and concerns that affect the living standards of dorm residents directly to the base leadership. “This is…

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Health care professionals recommend flu shots

Posted  September 15, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Autumn is just a few weeks away, the time of year when oppressive summer heat gives way to cooler weather. It’s also the time of year when flu activity begins, reaching its peak in January or February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, people need not suffer…

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Diamond Sharp September 13, 2013

Posted  September 15, 2013

  Name/Squadron: Senior Airman Michelle Renner/ 55 RQS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. David Argabright Duty Title: Intelligence Analyst When joined the AF: Feb. 22, 2011 Hometown: Georgetown, California Hobbies: Horses, Exercise, Cooking, Reading, Astronomy and Physics Selection Reasons: Senior Airman Renner’s duty performance has been outstanding from day one. This has been reflected throughout her…

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Avoiding hemp seed in food Airman’s responsibility

Posted  September 15, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  — It has become increasingly important for Airmen to read the labels of products they consume to ensure there is no damage to their career due to traces of hemp seeds and its derivatives being ingested from their day-to-day consumer products. Consumption of a yogurt brand directly violates the Air Force’s prohibition…

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D-M teen honored as Pacific Military Youth of the Year

Posted  September 15, 2013

  Daj’ Zhane Radford-Walton, 18-year-old daughter of Senior Master Sgt. Eddie Walton, 355 Maintenance Operations Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Richardi Walton, 355 Civil Engineering Squadron, was chosen from eight military youth candidates within the BGCA’s Pacific region to receive this recognition. The Military Youth of the Year honor is a distinct component of the National…

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